On Sunday, March 17, I got together with a few girl friends, from both SCE and CrossFit, and ran the She is Beautiful 5k in Santa Cruz, CA. I had run the 10k of this race in its inaugural event two years ago, and was excited to see how it had evolved its third year. And evolved it had — it went from just a couple hundred for both the 5k and 10k to 3,000 women coming together to run in its third year! Such a fun, inspiring women’s event — so amazing! (They even have a Santa Barbara event now in September, too!)
I wasn’t planning on racing the run — I wasn’t even sure if I was going to run. I hadn’t been feeling the greatest (thank you allergies) and my left calf (and basically entire leg) had been cramping and tight for days. So, I hung out with my friend Claudia who was running that 5k as well, and we lined up about halfway back in the field of well over 1,000. I was just going to take it easy with her…but then the gun went off.
The gun went off and I couldn’t help myself, and I immediately started weaving in and out of women…and just started running. I wasn’t sure how fast I was running, but I knew I felt good, and then my low battery (yes, I forgot to charge it) Garmin beeped and read 7:01 after the first mile. My mind was blown, and then my Garmin promptly died at 1.01 miles.
So I ran the race Garminless, and just ran by feel. And kept passing people, and my legs felt so good (except, of course, for my tight left calf — but the faster I ran, the better it felt). And then suddenly I was at the turn around, and running back. And I just kept pushing, and felt fantastic.
And then I crossed the finishline, and they told me my time was 22:xx (figuring I had started on the line). I was happy with that time, especially with a tight calf and feeling sick.
And then my time was texted to me and I found out I actually finished in 21:15, a 37 second PR for me in the 5k, and I wasn’t really even trying. I also later found out that I was 3rd in my AG and 7th woman OA – my top finish ever in a 5k for OA!
It was an exciting day, for sure! And then I got to celebrate St. Patty’s Day and a fun (and PR!) race with the ladies by having brunch at Harbor Cafe.